Newcastle new boy Sylvain Marveaux is confident he can handle the rigours of Premier League football.
The France midfielder has agreed a deal which will take him to St James' Park on a free transfer, having allowed his contract to run down at Rennes.
He claims to be excited by the challenge which awaits him in England, despite being made fully aware of how physical life in the Premier League can be.
Marveaux is a friend of new team-mate Hatem Ben Arfa and saw his fellow countryman suffer a badly broken leg during his first season on Tyneside.
The 25-year-old has not been put off by Ben Arfa's plight, though, and insists he cannot wait for the 2011/12 campaign to begin.
Marveaux said: "I speak some English so that will help me with my team-mates and living in the city.
"I've been warned the English league is faster and more physical, but it does not worry me. I'm athletic and I'm looking forward to playing that style of football.
"There will be a bit of adjustment needed, but I've got a full pre-season to prepare for the start of the league and I will make sure I work hard in that time to be in the best possible shape.
"I know what happened to Hatem, but I'm not scared about being kicked either. I'm ready for that. Every European league is hard, I will not be intimidated, I will be prepared for everything."
Marveaux will officially be unveiled as a Magpies player when his contract with Rennes expires on 1st July.